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Unit information: Individual Project: Implementation in 2018/19

Please note: It is possible that the information shown for future academic years may change due to developments in the relevant academic field. Optional unit availability varies depending on both staffing and student choice.

Unit name Individual Project: Implementation
Unit code COMSM0111
Credit points 40
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Ek
Open unit status Not open



COMSM0121 or COMSM0011

School/department Department of Computer Science
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


The final year project acts as a focus for the accumulated skills resulting from all other units: the overarching goal is application of those skills to a specific, significant challenge or problem. The unit offers a high degree of freedom with respect to project topic, and allows students to spend a significant amount of time and effort on something they are specifically interested in. Ideally this might act as a bridge to a career in such a topic, but will also satisfy more general, transferable learning outcomes.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit you will have had to: read and understood research-level material, identify a well motivated, scientifically interesting challenge, engaged in a suitable approach to solving said challenge (e.g., developed a proof, analysed an algorithm, implemented a system), critically evaluated your solution in a suitable manner, presented your results in written and verbal form, managed your own time, and decided your own objectives.

Teaching details

The project is intended to promote self-directed learning, under guidance of an academic supervisor (plus any relevant external third-parties); the nominal workload is 400 hours.

Assessment Details

The assessed deliverable is a written thesis. Criteria for assessment include (but are not limited to): challenge (i.e., how difficult the project was), contribution (i.e., what was done beyond what existed already), depth and rigour (e.g., were there any unanswered challenges), novelty and innovation (e.g., how new the approach or results were), analysis and evaluation (i.e., were robust, interesting and relevant conclusions drawn), and clarity and quality of presentation. An viva-style presentation, and submitted resource such as source code, will act to clarify the understanding of markers but are not formally marked themselves. Passing this unit is a requirement for obtaining an MEng degree.

Reading and References

To suit selected project topic.